The US Embassy mediated between Sunni and Shiite forces to agree on the date of the elections
Baghdad / Mohammed Sabah
A senior leader in the Union of Iraqi Forces (Mada) said that "the US Embassy in Baghdad entered the line of crisis between the Union of Iraqi Forces and the National Alliance on the ratification of the date of the elections," noting that "contacts led by the embassy to bring the views of the parties started late last Thursday".
"The negotiations between the American side and the Sunni blocs are still in their early stages and have not reached the level of final agreement and the resolution of all the differences that raised the reservation of the Union of Iraqi Forces," adding the senior leader who preferred not to be named, stressing that "work is underway with the Americans to resolve all conflicts and fears" .
He notes that "the US Embassy is currently moving with all the parties and blocs and components in the House of Representatives, and asked them to resolve the ratification of the date of elections and conduct in the timing proposed by the government."
Last month, the cabinet decided to present the date of the parliamentary elections from May 15, 2018 to May 12, at the suggestion of the Electoral Commission, but the Sunni forces were reluctant to hold the elections at this time, adhering to a number of pretexts, foremost of which is the delayed return of displaced families to their cities And the failure to allocate the necessary funds in the federal budget for the reconstruction of cities liberated from the Dahesh.
A member of the leadership of the Union of Iraqi Forces said that "the movement led by the US embassy to end the debate on the ratification of the date of elections also included dialogue with the governors of cities freed from the organizations advocating," stressing that "these conservatives expressed their willingness to run their cities elections on 12 May next "He said.
Anbar governor Mohammed al-Halbusi said last Thursday that his province "ready and ready to hold elections on time, considering that postponement of the elections a dangerous precedent and a violation of the provisions of the Constitution, which does not accept Ijtihad."
The Sunni leader pointed out that "it is up to the government to abide by its commitments, which is disarmament of the armed factions and the return of all displaced people and provide funds for the reconstruction of all cities," stressing that "dialogues are still ongoing between all parties."
The adoption of the secret vote in the House of Representatives last Thursday on the date of elections, a wide parliamentary debate ended with verbal exchanges between the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the National Alliance, which announced its withdrawal from the session.
The House of Representatives was unable to agree on Saturday despite the submission of three options, including not to raise the issue of ratification of the date of elections, or offer, or the ratification of the date of parliamentary elections and the postponement of local elections.
After the failure of all attempts to bring the views of the forces supporting the postponement of the elections and the National Alliance to take place on the date proposed by the government, many of the blocks rely on the decision of the Federal Court to resolve this dialectic.
"The Federal Court is the only body capable of resolving all disputes," said the head of the Kurdistan Islamic Union bloc, Muthanna Amin. "Any decision by the parliament to postpone the elections will be rejected by the Federal Court because there is no legal and constitutional justification for postponement."
The legal committee in the House of Representatives has revealed to the (extent) at the beginning of this month, the Federal Court received two speeches from parliament and the government individually, clarifying the constitutionality of the postponement of the elections. The legislative and executive branches are awaiting the judicial response to resolve the debate on the date of the elections in the House of Representatives.
"The real problem that hinders passing the election law is the issue of timing and ratification because the western regions are suffering from the non-return of displaced as well as the unstable situation in the province of Kirkuk."
And stresses that "the US side with the holding of elections in the timing proposed by the government on 12 May next," stressing that there is dialogue between the political forces help the US embassy to reach understandings between all parties. "The
head of the Kurdistan Islamic Union bloc that" "He added that" the decision remains an Iraqi because we are a sovereign state. "
In turn, the first deputy speaker of the House of Representatives Hammam Hamoudi, yesterday, for directing the inquiry to the Court the Union On the parliamentary elections, stressing respect for the constitutional timing and interest in preserving the Constitution.
The Presidency of the Council of Representatives decided to hold a meeting with the heads of parliamentary blocs on Sunday morning in the Constitutional Hall to resolve the issue of ratification of the date of elections and the election law of the Council of Representatives to come out in an agreed format.
"The conditions of his bloc to approve the date proposed by the government to limit the arms to the state and the return of all the displaced and the reconstruction of cities."
"The Sunni forces are not afraid of the date of the elections as much as they fear their results, which will allow the leaders of the armed factions to rise," he said, adding that "the options for resolving election dates are not agreed."
As for the nature of mobility led by the US Embassy, says the head of the Committee on Migration and Displaced Parliamentary "I do not deny the existence of consultations with the US side and do not confirm," calling the US embassy to "look at the community interest more than keeping the dates of the elections."